Posted 02 October 2011 - 06:47 AM
As suggested, I am introducing myself. My name is Mark and I have been working on computers professionally for over six years. Before that, I was doing it as a side job for friends and family. I learned BASIC, FORTRAN, and COBOL programming back in the 70's in high school. Bought my first computer in the 80's (a Commodore 64 Plus 4), then a Tandy 1000 EX (a 286 machine if I remember correctly), then a SmartChoice (yeah, that was the name brand on it) 486. The SmartChoice was my first computer with a hard drive (120 MB). During those early years, no one else had a computer and so when I wasn't tinkering with mine, I was flying it.
In college, I had more computer programming classes. FORTRAN (again) and PASCAL. Then as computers began to catch on, friends recommended me to businesses to help them with their computer needs, essentially consulting. I learned all about DOS and batch file programming, then macros, and a little html. Then I got really interested in the hardware aspect of computers and built my first computer from scratch in the late 90's.
Then about six years ago, I went to work for a local Internet Service Provider doing telephone support. The ISP also has a computer shop associated with it. I began hanging around in the shop when I could. The owner soon saw that I had the skills and knowledge to run the shop. But I never stop learning. Which is why I'm here. To learn from others and help when I am available. Thanks for having me.